Football and Futsal

The football programme at St Paul’s Collegiate School aims to help players of all levels reach their sporting potential. Football is offered to both male and female students as a winter sport option. The football programme is delivered through two strands:

  • High performance: Boys' First XI, and Colts A
  • Development: Senior Development, Girls' First XI, Third XI and Colts B

High performance football

The high performance programme focuses on the long-term development of the player, while also monitoring and assessing their current performance levels. The high performance programme consists of: Elite level team training sessions: Team training sessions are overseen by our Director of Football – Sam Wilkinson and delivered by our highly qualified and experienced coaches.

Individual and small group sessions: Junior and Senior footballers are given the opportunity to utilise slots within their timetable for individual training and feedback with our Director of Football.

Team and individual Analyses: Matches and training sessions are filmed using our state-of-the-art Veo Sports Camera, with players able to access and analyse footage through the high performance analysis website.

Physical Development: Players are provided with individualised physical development programmes as well as access to our specialised Strength and Conditioning coaches.

Career Pathways: Through a worldwide network of contacts, we are able to provide playing opportunities at the professional, semi-professional and US college level of the game.

Development football

The aim of the development programme is to provide an enjoyable and challenging football experience for all players, regardless of their ability or experience level. The focus is on skill development, physical development and social development. Teams in the development strand train twice per week and compete in the Waikato secondary school competitions on a Saturday morning.

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Futsal at St Paul’s

Also offered under the football umbrella is futsal. There is a strong heritage of the sport within St Paul’s, with the school having had two players selected for the Futsal Whites (John Penyas and Elliot Collier). St Paul’s has also twice made the finals of the futsal nationals in Wellington. The sport is predominantly played by seniors to hone their technical skills during term one for the upcoming season. This involves twice-weekly sessions, where there is a strong Brazilian influence in the approach to the technical drills and the games which take the form of in-school tournaments.

  • Senior Futsal Training: Thursdays 3:35 – 4:45 pm in the Small Gym

  • Junior Futsal Training: Tuesdays 3:35 – 4:45 pm in the Small Gym

Contact and coaches

Jet Lim – Director of Football